Project Manager - Information Technology Systems and Services
University of Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown, PE
UPEI requires an experienced Project Manager to lead a series of projects aimed at delivering a new technology eco system in terms of the applications that support the UPEI campus community as well as its underlying network infrastructure. Additionally the individual will provide project management leadership in support of other strategic initiatives across the university.

The role of the Project Manager is to plan, execute, and finalize projects according to strict deadlines and within budget. This includes acquiring resources and coordinating the efforts of team members and third-party contractors or consultants in order to deliver projects according to plan. The Project Manager will also define the project’s objectives and oversee quality control throughout its life cycle.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Working as part of the Senior Project Team, the project manager accomplishes project objectives by planning and monitoring project activities. The project manager/leader works in close collaboration with the vendor project managers to make sure the projects stays on track from all aspects of the delivery.

Project Manager duties include the following:
Confirm project scope, goals and deliverables that support university's goals in collaboration with senior management and stakeholders
Effectively communicate project expectations to team members and stakeholders in a timely and clear fashion
Liaise with project stakeholders on an ongoing basis
Set and continually manage project expectations with team members and other stakeholders
Cooperatively plan and schedule project timelines and milestones using appropriate tools with vendor project leader
Track project milestones and deliverables
Determine the frequency and content of status reports from the project team, analyze results, and troubleshoot problem areas
Define project success criteria and disseminate them to involved parties throughout project life cycle
Conduct project post mortems and create a recommendations report in order to identify successful and unsuccessful project elements
Develop best practices and tools for project execution and management for deployment with other projects
Confirm estimates of resources and participants needed to achieve project goals
Confirm budget proposals, and recommend subsequent budget changes where necessary
Determine and assess need for additional staff and/or consultants and make the appropriate recruitments if necessary during project cycle

Work with the vendor Project Leader to:
Direct and manage project development from beginning to end
Develop full-scale project plans and associated communications documents
Delegate tasks and responsibilities to appropriate personnel
Identify and resolve issues and conflicts within the project team
Identify and manage project dependencies and critical path
Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation, and presentations
Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential crises, and devise contingency plans
Coach, mentor, motivate and supervise project team members and contractors, and influence them to take positive action and accountability for their assigned work
Build, develop, and grow any business relationships vital to the success of the project
Drive project execution: track project activities to ensure delivery, monitor & handle changes, conflicts & escalations
Handle customer & stakeholder engagement: manage & build stakeholder confidence & trust, ensure project progress arranging meetings & customer events

QUALIFICATIONS:
University degree or college diploma in the field of Business Administration, Project Management, or a related field and/or an equivalent combination of education and work experience
Certifications in process improvement, Lean Six Sigma, and /or Leading Change would be considered an asset
Experience with implementing an ERP system within a post-Secondary institution would be considered an asset
Experience implementing large scale network modernization projects based on Cisco technologies would be considered
5 years of proven project management in a large scale IT environment
Strong familiarity with project management software, such as MS Project
Demonstrated experience in leading change and change management
Database and operating systems experience with MS SQL, SQL Server, MS SharePoint, Business Objects
Competent and proficient understanding of ERP platforms, such as Ellucian’s Colleague
Solid working knowledge of current Internet technologies
Demonstrated experience in personnel management
Technically competent with various software programs, such as O365. Google, MS Project, Process Modeling, Tableau